Twentieth century Christian, Mary Baker Eddy, once gave her response to the aggressive, destructive mentality, the evil or error that seeks to betray innocence and massacre life. She wrote, "I will love, if another hates. I will gain a balance on the side of good, my true being. This alone gives me the forces of God wherewith to overcome all error." (Miscellaneous Writings, 104)
As we wrap the wide, strong arms of prayer around the victims in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Aurora, Colorado - and of massacres, suicide bombings and violent conflicts occurring worldwide - we should remember two things:
- First, the kingdom of heaven, the universal reign of harmony on earth, has been and is forcefully advancing, no matter how aggressive the resistance to it may be.
- Second, the only effective response to hatred in any form is pure love.
Lyle Young, CSB, member of The Christian Science Board of Directors, wrote: "True religion includes, embraces, and uplifts, while any practice that excludes, divides, pulls down, and imposes is but a weak counterfeit of the selfless goodness and love that should be the hallmarks of religion. Of course, this makes “religious terrorism” a contradiction in terms—something I observed when I was in India at the time of the Mumbai attacks in 2008. The sense of brotherhood and true welcoming I felt when I visited the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, for instance, seemed the perfect antidote to such extremism."
Let's stand in prayer, and unite in the strong force of brotherhood and powerful love, with all our brothers and sisters in the Sikh community.